Site Outages for Friendster, Twitter

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Both Friendster and Twitter have experienced downtime this afternoon:

  • Watch those DNS settings! Twitter said its brief downtime was due to a DNS configuration error that impacted the entire site. The outage for Twitter is notable because it hasn’t had any in a while and survived ElectionNight traffic with no major problems. “We’ve not had an outage of this length since mid-July and will be carefully reviewing what went wrong,” the Twitter team said on the site’s status page. 
  • The outage at Friendster appears to be more significant, and there are reports that it is related to power problems at its data center. The site remains offline, and a traceroute to Friendster ends at Quality Technology Services/Globix.    

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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